The Santa Lucia Mountains emerge from the Pacific Ocean between Monterey and San Luis Obispo – and create some of the most dramatic scenery in all of California. From rugged coastline to dense redwood groves, open meadows, rivers, waterfalls, and arid inland peaks, sparsely-populated Big Sur offers travelers a taste of untamed California.

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McWay Falls

McWay Falls

Distance: 0.7 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 60 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Partington Cove

Partington Cove

Distance: 1.25 mi

Time: 1.0 hrs

Elevation Gain: 275 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Limekiln and Hare Creek Trails

Limekiln and Hare Creek Trails

Distance: 2.3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 470 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Creamery Meadow Loop

Creamery Meadow Loop

Distance: 2.3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 111 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View

Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View

Distance: 3.1 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 845 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos State Reserve

Distance: 4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 514 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Ewoldsen Trail

Ewoldsen Trail

Distance: 5.3 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1520 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

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Jim Actkinson Feb 5, 2017 16:02

I hiked Big Sur with my girlfriend for a week. We documented so meny California Native Flowers and made a Coffee Table Book.
Love Big Sur

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